Chris Bishop (politician)

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Chris Bishop

MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hutt South
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by Trevor Mallard
Majority1,530
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party List
In office
20 September 2014 23 September 2017
Personal details
Born (1983-09-04) 4 September 1983 (age 35)
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Political party National Party
ACT (formerly)
Spouse(s)Jenna Raeburn
Alma mater Victoria University of Wellington

Christopher Bishop (born 4 September 1983) [1] is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand National Party.

2014 New Zealand general election

The 2014 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 20 September 2014 to determine the membership of the 51st New Zealand Parliament.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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Early life

Bishop grew up in Lower Hutt and attended Eastern Hutt School primary, Hutt Intermediate School and Hutt International Boys' School in Upper Hutt. [2]

Lower Hutt Place in Wellington, New Zealand

Lower Hutt is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Administered by the Hutt City Council, it is one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area.

Hutt Intermediate School (HIS) is a state intermediate school located in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The school was founded in 1948, and currently has a total number of 685 students and a teaching staff of 45.

Hutt International Boys School

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Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2014 2017 51st List49 National
2017 present 52nd Hutt South 40 National

Bishop previously was a summer clerk at Russell McVeagh. [3]

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Bishop has previously worked as a lobbyist for the tobacco company Philip Morris and as a staffer to Steven Joyce. [4]

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He contested the Hutt South electorate at the 2014 election, where he placed second behind incumbent Labour MP Trevor Mallard but entered Parliament as a list MP for the 2014–2017 term. Redistribution of electorate boundaries prior to the election saw Hutt South lose the Labour-leaning suburb of Naenae for the National-leaning western hill suburbs, helping Bishop cut Mallard's majority from 4,825 to 709. [5]

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Bishop was part of a cross-party group initiated by Jan Logie to look at and advocate for LGBTI rights. That group consisted of Catherine Delahunty (Green), Chris Bishop (National), David Seymour (Act), Denis O'Rouke (NZ First), Denise Roche (Green), James Shaw (Green), Jan Logie (Green), Kevin Hague (Green), Louisa Wall (Labour), Nanaia Mahuta (Labour), Paul Foster-Bell (National), and Trevor Mallard (Labour). [6]

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Controversies

In February 2018 it was disclosed that Bishop was using the social media platform Snapchat to communicate with his constituents including teenage girls. [7] [8]

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References

  1. "About Me". Cjsbstaging.wordpress.com. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  2. "Nats select Bishop". Hutt News. 27 May 2014.
  3. "Christopher Bishop | Faculty of Law | Victoria University of Wellington". Victoria.ac.nz. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  4. National picks another tobacco man Stuff.co.nz, 22 May 2014
  5. Cheng, Derek (5 September 2014). "Boundary changes put Mallard in danger". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  6. Jones, Nicholas (23 May 2015). "MPs' group to focus on LGBTI people's rights". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  7. Steenkamp, Jacques (11 February 2018). "National MP Confronted About his Social Media Messages to Teenagers". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  8. Cheng, Derek (11 February 2018). "National MP Chris Bishop changed Snapchat settings after learning of concerned parents". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 4 April 2019.